It was reported earlier this year that developer DeNA Co. are working with Nintendo to produce games for iOS and Android handsets. But a report in the Wall Street Journal today suggests these titles will be free to play. With five games promised by spring 2017, the plan is for the titles to support themselves with micropayments.
The late President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, expressed his distaste for the term ‘free to play’ to describe this model, instead calling it ‘free to start’ during a shareholder meeting earlier in the year. The move is the one of the first major announcements under the leadership of Tatsumi Kimishima, who took the helm after Mr. Iwata’s death over summer.
Only one of the apps has yet been announced – Miitomo, a ‘communication based app’ displayed to investors late in October. It is anticipated to be released by March 2016.
Source: Wall Street Journal